Kon’nichiwa! Ahn nyeong ha se yo! Ni hao! Namaste! There are many ways to say “hello” when visiting any number of Asian countries. This week the blue group practiced saying this simple, but friendly greeting in a variety of ways. We also listened to nursery rhymes such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Row Your Boat in different languages in order to gain more exposure to the sounds of Asia. Also, we explored Asian folktales and storybooks to help provide a view about what life is like on the other side of the world. We closed out our week by dictating individual stories set in Asia and making mandalas which represent our hopes for peace and unity in the world. Now, grab your passports … Europe, here we come!
Group 1 welcomed new campers this week. We are having a great time and making lots of new friends!
We learned the differences between the American Dollar, the Korean Won and the Chinese Yuan. Campers created their own world money in various denominations and colors.
Group 1 learned about imports and exports of goods around the world. Campers decided what their product would be and how it would be delivered; air freight versus cargo (ship) freight. They considered four factors: cost, speed, reliability and environmental impact. Most campers picked the need for speed and decided to use air freight!
Greetings from Group 2 in Asia! We spent the week learning about the largest continent and the many countries that make up Asia. Students learned the basics of economics–needs and wants, money, and trade. Our field trip on Wednesday to the Rubin Museum was great! We saw lots of buddhist art and had fun making mandalas. On Friday, students welcomed their parents into our classroom and showed off all that we’ve been working on. Next week, we are headed to Europe!
Traveling to Asia was a blast for Group 3. Students enjoyed learning about different money from various areas of the continent and creating their own person dollar bill. Group 3 explored the development of trade, exchange, and making a purchase. We discussed earning money and the difference between purchasing goods or services. By reading “Mr. Lucky Straw”, students were able to retell the characters journey of trade and also learn how important kindness and generosity is. The field trip to the Rubin Museum was an amazing experience including the tour and the hands-on workshop where students created their very own mandala. Special thank you to the families who sent in activities for your child to share about Asia. We look forward to the classroom visit on Friday! There is always great learning and fun when traveling with Group 3. Let’s see where Week 4 will take us!
What an amazing week! From Singapore to Bangladesh we have traveled all over Asia! Come check out some of our beautiful artwork of our Ancient Pagodas, Cherry Blossom Trees, and a few of our traditional Chinese dragons! Thank You, Group 4
Asia is filled with a rich and colorful history which we learned more about through reading and research. As few of the picture books we read together are: A True Book: Asia by Gary Drevitch, The Trip Back Home by Janet S. Wong, We’re Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road by Laurie Krebs, The Great Wall by Elizabeth Mann, and Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein. The students made paper lanterns to led them to happiness, ornamental fans to stay “cool,” mini tea cups for a delicious sip of tea, and dragons symbolizing power, strength, and good luck. As we read Wonder during siesta we are continuing to learn the importance of building respectful relationships with our families and friends.
Members of group six worked on physical maps of Asia. They also researched and graphed the five highest peaks in the world which are all found in Asia. The week’s research culminated in the presentation of students’ original iPad slideshows covering many different aspects of the continent.
This week Adventures campers used rice paper and Xeroxes of Chinese, Japanese and Korean money to create collages based on the animal zodiac signs. This is the Year of the Dog.
Our Discoveries campers were excited to craft their way through Asia. We learned about several Asian countries and created Japanese cherry blossom trees, Chinese New Year Dragons, Rangoli inspired Mandalas and more!
This week in music, Adventures campers learned about some traditional instruments from different areas of Asia. We talked about similarities and differences between them, and listened to some national anthems from a few Asian countries.
Discoveries campers explored their singing voices, learned about new instruments, moved to music, played drums and listened to traditional music from Asia.
This week in the Bodies in Motion class, campers did a collection of elementary P.E. games and activities that promoted participation, stressed cooperation over competition, and helped improve their self esteem by giving them a chance for success individually and as a team. We also did some soccer related games that tie into this week’s theme of Asia as soccer is very popular in many Asian countries.
Raising Awareness of Our Connection with Nature. And The Power of Imagination.
Hello Families! Welcome to week 3 in Yoga.
This week we had fun using our imagination to create a sense of peace, joy, safety and gratitude for our bodies and nature!
We did fun activities and breathing techniques to foster a sense of connection between us and Nature.
This gives children an outlet for creativity while learning to self-regulate and conjure positive emotions and thoughts.
My hope is to teach children at an early age to develop their own harmonious innerworld so that going into adolescence and beyond they have the tools to co-create an overall happier, kinder, more productive life.
Namaste…Love and Light
This week we continued to travel around the world and made a stop in the continent of Asia. We stopped in China and met a friend whose name was Pim. He said hello in many languages such as: Hola in Spanish, Hello in English, and Ni-hao in Chinese. We watched a video and learned lots of vocabulary. The kids enjoyed putting on a skit about a family who went out to a restaurant and found a fly/mosca in the soup/ sopa. They used
different props to make the skit more realistic and put on a show for their audience members.
In cooking we created something really delicious. We made fried vegetable rice and chicken fried rice. The kids helped by chopping up the vegetables and stirring the pot full of rice. In Discoveries we made orange guey cookies which are found in the Asian food culture. We also had some paletas.
In the Exploratorium the Campers have a choice of experiments and equipment that let them explore the science around them with hands-on activities using common household materials. This week the campers will have the materials to make a hovercraft, figure out the best way to drop an egg safely, make Puffy Paint from scratch, stitch together wallets, look at a spider web through a microscope, put together a motor with gears and wheels, or choose another investigation from the wide selection available each week.
|Summer Notes Week 2
This week our D-E 360° Summer Connections Enrichment campers enjoyed Krav Magra, a Balloon Rocket Car STEM Competition, Body Knitting, and so much more! Some of our Immersive campers learned how to build their own code in Coding with Raspberry Pi !
Our Scholars continued to bolster their skills in their “ABCs” (Algebra; Biology; Chemistry) — just a few of the credit-earning courses that are offered for students who want to make the most of their summer break.
Enjoy our Week 2 video – click here
Looking forward to next week when we host STEM Institute… led by Trevor Shaw, Dwight-Englewood School’s Director of Technology Services, this workshop will engage teachers and administrators in makerspace, coding, and other hands-on STEM learning opportunities.
Hungry? Click here for our Enrichment/Scholars/Immersives Week 3 (July 9 – 13) Menu!
Australia is a fun country to explore with its beautiful colors, unique languages and interesting animals. What better way to learn about animals than to see them in real life?
Turtle Back Zoo came to visit our Discoveries Campers with a presentation about animals and how they protect themselves in different environments! The zoo brought in various artifacts for the campers to explore, such as feathers, snake skin, owl pellets and turtle shells. The children had an up-close meeting with a few of Turtle Back Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Discoveries had such an amazing time in Australia!
Adventures became Australian globetrotters this week. Campers explored the continent by learning about the animals and people that call Australia home. Throughout the week, the importance of conservation was discussed and on Thursday they went to the Bronx Zoo in New York City, where they took a guided tour that focused on animal adaptation! The visit to the children’s zoo was enjoyed and the sea lions, giraffes, rhinos, and prairie dogs were amongst the campers’ favorites!
Get your passports and suitcases ready! Shortly, our plane will be boarding for our next stop, Asia!
G´Day Mate! The Yellow Group had a blast hopping on the plane and traveling to Australia to explore all the different animals and their habitats. They were engaged in learning and researching facts on the tablet, reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, and making crafts of Australiaś native animals: the kangaroo, koala, echidna, and wombat. They explored “see, think, and wonder” activities in our hands on sensory center buffet which included water beads and sand. We also enjoyed using blue and green tissue paper to fill in the land for Australia and itś surrounding waters on our collaborative world map. The campers were delighted to receive another stamp in their passports…up next, a taste of Asia!
Our arrival in Australia started with with a quick lesson about the people and characteristics common to this area of the world. As part of this new learning, we noticed how the world is divided into halves (called hemispheres) and that we can use a compass rose to identify areas of the world that are north, south, east, and west of where we live in the United States.
We practiced singing the classic Australian song, “Kookaburra,” and explored animals native to this continent. Learning about kangaroos was a particular favorite! We even created our own kangaroo, complete with a pouch for her baby. In terms of literacy, we practiced our reading fluency using poetry and nursery rhymes. Then, we applied what we learned about flow to our read-aloud. Students were then able to play a rhyming game to identify words that match as we prepared to dictate sentences that have rhythm. When all was said and done, we had quite a bit of fun down under!
This week in Discoveries, the Red Group traveled across the world and all the way to Australia. Throughout our adventure, we learned about different animal species that can be found in Australia, such as koalas, kangaroos, and kookaburras. Our friends studied interesting facts about these fascinating animals, sang songs about them, and worked on art projects to create koalas and kangaroos with their joeys. We also had the opportunity to celebrate Theme Thursday by bringing in our own stuffed animal. We had so much fun sharing about our stuffed animals’ names and why they are so special to us. We hope you enjoyed Fourth of July with your family and friends! We are so excited to travel to Asia next week. See you there!
Group 1 learned about the beautiful animals that make their home in Australia. We brainstormed a long list of various land and water creatures. The adults had fun researching and learning alongside the campers. We read lots of fiction and non-fiction animal books. Some favorites were Edward the Emu, Possum Magic and Top to Bottom Down Under.
We created emus and learned that they can only be found in Australia. We learned how to draw a kookaburra, platypus, kangaroo, wombat and koala through step-by-step demonstrations. Their animals looked amazing! The campers drew forest and woodland habitats and then collaged their animals onto their creations. The final result looked wonderful.
G’ Day, Mates! After welcoming the newest campers to our class, Group 2 spent the week learning about the land “Down Under.” We learned about Australia’s geography and the animals that live there. Thursday’s trip to the Bronx Zoo reminded us that we need to do our part to help conserve ALL of our planet’s beautiful creatures.
Next week, we’re off to Asia!